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This is an excerpt from The Rohingyas by Azeem Ibrahim A target of choice There is a clear racial aspect to the overall pattern of legal discrimination against the Rohingyas. However, it must be stressed that the persecution and discrimination against the Rohingyas was not a particular feature of Burma at...

This is an excerpt from Demonitisation 2017: One Year Later The I-T department has listed over a dozen cases, which demonstrate the various methods used by people to stash unaccounted cash during the note ban period. The department has revealed these cases in a detailed status report posted on the Cleanmoney.in...

The Chocolate Men When the corps disbanded on 14 February 1900, Gandhi raised the issue of the ‘Queen’s Chocolate’ that had been given as a gift to (white) soldiers. He wrote to Chamberlain on 22 February to request a chocolate each for the Ambulance Corps leaders who had ‘volunteered without pay’ and would...

In this extract from How The BJP Wins, Prashant Jha paints a picture of what happened in Allahbad, Uttar Pradesh on the morning of 23 February 2017, the election day. On 23 February 2017, at 9 a.m., a hotel manager in Allahabad proudly showed the ink on his finger. ‘I have voted and cycle will win.’ Cycle is the...

In this extract from How India Sees the World, India’s foremost China expert Shyam Saran decodes the secrets behind how the Chinese think and presents a sweeping history of the relationship – and border dispute – between India and China. Take a look: Deception as an instrument of statecraft is common to several...

An Indian empire at the peak of its power. Everyone wants a share of the riches of Nagapattinam. When a Greek pirate ship sails in to loot the wealth of the Cholas, it is brutally defeated by the navy and forced to pay a compensation. A payment that includes a twelve-year-old girl, Aremis. Here is an excerpt from the...

THE ADIVASI WILL NOT DANCE is an intensely political collection of stories, set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand. The book was banned by the Jharkhand government in August 2017, and the author accused of denigrating the Adivasi culture. This is an excerpt from...

A lot has been written about Chhatrapati Shivaji’s battles and military successes, viz. the slaying of the giant Afzal Khan, the night raid on Shaista Khan, the defeat of Kartalab Khan in Umbarkhind and many such battles. A lot too has been written about his escape from Agra and his coronation. These are the...

When the idea for a book on Baba Ramdev and his company came up, it seemed promising. I had followed Ramdev’s rise ten years ago when I was at Mint, meeting him on multiple occasions, covering his Ganga campaign in Kanpur, hanging around his kutir while he asked questions about swadeshi economics to Rajeev Dixit,...

उस दिन के बाद से गंगा में बहुत पानी बह चुका है, जब नीतीश कुमार ने भाजपा के साथ अपने पुराने और जमे-जमाए गठबंधन को तोड़ने का...